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Urologist settles with government over unnecessary tests

Posted at 2:54 PM, Aug 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-17 14:54:29-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Fort Myers urologist has just agreed to pay $250,000 to the federal government to settle federal allegations of billing Medicare for expensive bladder cancer tests that weren't medically necessary. 

The operation was exposed earlier this year when a lawsuit was filed by a whistleblower who was also a former medical assistant at Naples Urology Associates, a division of 21st Century Oncology.

The latest doctor in question, Robert Scappa, was practicing with "Scappa Urology", which was also a division of 21st Century Oncology. 

And this isn't the first time the oncology provider has come under scrutiny. 21st Century is also facing more than a dozen class-action lawsuits. They claim the company was negligent in protecting their private information from a data breach earlier this year.

A magistrate judge in Fort Myers has recommended that the cases be consolidated into one large claim.

Those affected have since been offered fraud protection service.